31 October 2014

Gov. Tallado Did Not Confirm Nor Deny

Governor Tallado
Is Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo "Egay" Tallado the person in the sex photos that flooded the social networking sites or not? This was the question that the governor failed to answer when he issued an ‘apology’ to his constituents.

The governor’s lawyer tried to defend his statements, but ended up making it more difficult not to believe that it was really the Tallado who was in that picture.

"Hindi po totoo na inamin ni Gov. Egay kaninang umaga sa kapitolyo na totoo ang mga pictures na lumabas sa Internet or Facebook. What he said is that he is sorry for having dragged the province in his family problem and he is also sorry because the name of Kay was also dragged in his family problem," the governor's lawyer, Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor, said.

So, why issue a public apology in the first place if he was not the person in that compromising photo? Why apologized to the woman photographed allegedly kissing a person who looked very much like the governor? Why ask his opponent to stop spreading the photo if it is not authentic in the first place? Why not allow the major network to interview him immediately after the lewd photos were leaked?

"There is no statement categorical or otherwise that Governor Egay said or even suggested that the pictures were true. To emphasize, there is no statement that Gov Egay said that the pictures in the net are true. There is even a suggestion by Egay that said pictures may have been the making of some other mindless people," the lawyer added.

Anybody understands what the legal representative was blabbering about above? Two simple questions that the governor and his lawyer failed to answer are the following:
  • Is the governor denying that he was in the photo or not?
  • Does he know who are the people in the photos or not?
Instead of answering two basic simple question, the public is being confused by trying to muddle the issue.

The lawyer said, “Hindi po totoo na inamin ni Gov. Egay ... na totoo ang mga pictures ...” This means that the photos could have been tampered with but it does not discredit the possibility that the two people in the photo are really involved in an indecent relationship.

The more the governor is trying to muddle the issue by employing legal terms and statements, the more people question his credibility. Just answer the simple questions posted above and accept the consequences of your answer.

One more thing, is the governor aware of Republic Act No. 6713 and the Civil Service Administrative Code of 1987? It is doubtful that he is because he has yet to step down from his shaky post.


30 October 2014

After Anti-Gay Constitution, Zimbabwe's HDI Increased

If international reports and assessments are to be believed, the levels in human development are actually rising, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI). These results were included in the 2014 Human Development Report entitled, “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience.”

Published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the report added that the lower human development groups appear to be improving at a higher rate – grounds for optimism that the gap between higher and lower human development groups is narrowing.

One very good example is Zimbabwe. The country has experienced the biggest improvement in HDI due to a significant increase in life expectancy – 1.8 years from 2012 to 2013, almost quadruple the average global increase. The country jumped four places from 152 in 2012 to 156 in 2013, the highest increase among countries covered by the HDI ranking.

It is also worth noting that the jumped in Zimbabwe’s human development indicators came after it enacted a constitution that will keep a same-sex marriage ban, effectively making it a criminal offence.

In 2013, the African country overwhelmingly approved the new constitution through a referendum and made a clear statement they still do not condone homosexuality by retaining the gay marriage ban. Even the new constitution guarantees rights such as equality and non-discrimination, it is also silent on specific rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Section 4.78 of the draft constitution reads: "Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other."

Zanu PF chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said: "This is the first time we have this clause in our constitution. The constitution cannot provide more information as there will be other legal instruments to enforce it, such as the Sexual Offences Act. It’s clear sexual relationships between people of the same sex are prohibited."

MDC-T Copac co-chair Douglas Mwonzora said while the constitution cannot prescribe a crime, the issue of homosexuality can be covered under the criminal law of sodomy.

"Same-sex marriages are prohibited and homosexuality is a crime under the country’s criminal laws," Mwonzora explained.


29 October 2014

Outdoor Preservation Partnership with TLUSA

Trail Life USA
Trail Life USA (TLUSA) takes another major step in building its outdoor adventure program by announcing a partnership with Tread Lightly!. Together, Tread Lightly! and TLUSA will promote outdoor education, awareness, and habitat restoration projects that will preserve wilderness lands and teach environmentally friendly practices for all outdoor activities.

"Our partnership will teach outdoor stewardship and provide lasting benefits to our communities," said Mark Hancock, Chief Operating Officer of TLUSA. "'To be a good steward of creation’ is a key tenet of our Trailman Oath."

This partnership will give thousands of youth a first-hand experience in natural use programs. Tread Lightly! has become a provider of outdoor education and conservation practices since their founding in 1990. “Our programs will work together to teach the best ways to experience the outdoors so that future generations are able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors,” Hancock said.

Tread Lightly! is a vocal advocate for the best practices in outdoor use and is a leader in conservation and sustainable outdoor recreation. Their federal partners include the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers.

The key concepts of Tread Lightly!’s natural use program are:
  • Travel Responsibly - on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. When possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.
  • Respect the Rights of Others - including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.
  • Educate Yourself - prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.
  • Avoid Sensitive Areas - on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don't disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.
  • Do Your Part - by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.
The combined concepts of Tread Lightly! and TLUSA will be put into action this spring as materials are distributed to all TLUSA units across America.

(Press Release from Trail Life USA.)


28 October 2014

Thanks for the Apology, But No Thanks

Governor's Apology
If Philippines do not have public officials that are aware of Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees," then this country is really in trouble.

How can anybody in government service fail to uphold the basic tenets of the law and even had the gall to justify their behavior that contradicts it. Not all public service employees are guilty, but one particular case was brought to the limelight after the spouse revealed the blatant violation of the law.

Josefina Tallado aka Josie, wife of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado, revealed to the public that she deliberately hid for a few days from her husband for fear of her life. She said her husband accused her of leaking photos of the governor and her alleged 24-year old mistress online.

"Siya po yung bagong kinalolokohan ni governor," she said about the woman in the scandalous sex photos with the governor and currently proliferating in several social media outlets.

Governor Tallado has since apologized to his family and his constituents, but still failed to do the most honorable thing to do for people in his position: RESIGN.

The governor said he still wants to fix his marriage with his wife. He also apologized to the woman who was captured in the leaked photos kissing him.

"Kung ako po ay nagkamali, tao lang po ako. May kahinaan din po ako. Ito po ay sana unawain nating lahat," he said.

Well, we understand you governor. We thank you for admitting that you are weak. Now do as a good favor and step down from office.

The governor also asked for a stop to the spread of the scandalous photos and video, even as he promised that he will continue his work as the province's governor.

"Doon po sa akin mga kalaban sa pulitika, tigilan na po ninyo yung pagkakakalat ng mga pino-post niyo po sa Facebook at anu man dahil napakalaswa po niyan. Wala pong kinalaman sa trabaho ko po iyan. Tuligsain niyo po ako kung ang trabaho ko po ay may kinalaman," he said.

I think the governor is confused now. He admitted that the photos posted in Facebook are LEWD. He was quoted and recorded as saying that the act itself is LEWD and yet he freely and happily took part in it. Does that not speak volume about the personality, values, morals and attitude of Governor Tallado?

One advice to the governor: In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our lust for sex by drinking from the cup of flesh and loose morals.

Also, the governor wants us to believe that it doesn’t have anything to do with his job as the father-figure of the province. That’s where he lost track of the basic provisions of RA 6173.

Section 4 of the law which tackled "Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees," it was stated there that (c), “Public officials and employees shall remain true to the people at all times. They must act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest. ...”

I guess it’s time to remind the governor again that the most honorable thing to do right now is resign, unless he wants to suffer the ultimate humiliation come the 2016 national and local elections.


27 October 2014

Another Inspiring Action Against Cyberbullying

Anti Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is defined as a type of bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology usually includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.

Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

In an attempt to help fight cyberbullying, a dance company called MusEffect partnered with poet, Azure Antoinette, to create a powerful message about the dangers of bullying. With the mission of the dance company being to encourage dialogue on social issues through our art, it was clear to them that October was the most effective month to face this topic head on.

The dance company's message was set in classroom that was turned into a stage and the whole production was centered in a school setting. Check that video below: